cloudscout (104011) writes "As I start considering a new computer, I find myself facing a peculiar concern. How do I decommission my old machine? In the not-too-distant past, I would make sure I backed up my data and then I would wipe the drive before selling it/trading it in/giving it away. These days, it's not so easy. I have to de-authorize my iTunes Store Account, my Audible Account, my Sony Reader Account... but what else? There are tools, utilities and applications that I don't use very often. I know that some of them required some kind of registration/authorization during the install process but I never considered keeping track of that sort of thing over the last couple of years. What will happen if I forget about one? I'm sure there are Slashdotters who have already dealt with this headache. Which vendors have you found helpful and which vendors have you found uncooperative?" top
cloudscout writes "The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 400 points today. While there were various valid financial reasons for such a decline, some of the blame is being placed on computer systems that couldn't keep up with the abnormally high volume at the New York Stock Exchange and the resulting tremor as they switched over to a backup system. In other words, Dow Jones got Slashdotted."